Friday, 10 September 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 20

Fluminense 3-1 Ceará
Cruzeiro 1-0 Internacional
Grêmio 2-0 Atlético Goianiense
Goiás 3-1 Guarani
São Paulo 2-0 Flamengo
Vitória 1-1 Palmeiras
Atlético Paranaense 1-1 Corinthians
Santos 0-1 Botafogo
Vasco da Gama 1-1 Atlético Mineiro
Prudente 1-1 Avaí

With Corinthians being held at the Arena da Baixada, more of that later, Fluminesne extended their lead at the top of the table back to three points after avenging their opening day defeat to Ceará. The game was as good as done after half an hour, Mariano opened the scoring with six minutes in the clock and two in the space of eight minutes from Washington put Fluminense firmly in control. The Tricolor went into cruise control to collect the three points but Geraldo picked up a consolation for Ceará two minutes from time. Cruzeiro made it a league double over Internacional after a single goal was enough to see off the Libertadores winners at the Mineirão. The goal came with just 14 minutes on the clock from Everton and the win sees Cruzeiro leapfrog Inter in the league table. Atlético-GO came crashing back to earth as they were defeated 2-0 at a fast improving Grêmio side who are now unbeated in four. Dougles put Grêmio ahead in the 7th minute to settle the nerves and Borges sealed the points with the second 8 minutes from time. Goiás picked up their first league win since the World Cup break and snapped a run of four losses in the spin after their 3-1 success over Guarani. Felipe put Goiás ahead with 19 minutes on the clock and Rafael Moura doubled the lead from the spot three minutes before the break. Felipe made it three from the spot half way through the second half but Guarani got a consolation from Mário Lúcio a eight minutes from time.

This fixture was the highlight of the opening weekend of the season, but it's turned into nothing more than a mid table clash at the moment as Flamengo slumped to the edge of the relegation zone after defeat to São Paulo. Marlos put São Paulo ahead with just eight minutes on the clock and after Fla's Diogo saw red five minutes before half time Fernandão put the nail in the coffin the the second a minute later. It's 5 unbeaten for São Paulo whilst Flamengo haven't won in 6. We mentioned in the preview that Vitória and Palmeiras had draw written all over it and we hope you've cashed in at the bookies after it finished all square. Elkeson put Vitória ahead with just nine minutes on the clock but the Big Green levelled 18 minutes from time thanks to Tadeu to take them into double figures into the draw column for the season. As mentioned at the top of the article, Corinthians slipped behind in the title race when they dropped two points at Atlético-PR. Corinthians took the lead ten minutes before the break when Ronaldo put them ahead from the spot in only his third appearance of the season. Atlético-PR got back in the game half way through the second half when Bruno Mineiro levelled from the spot and that's the way it finished.

After their six goal thriller in week one, the rematch between the Paulista and Carioca champions didn't quite live up to the previous encounter. The game was heading for deadlock until up popped El Loco Abreu in the final minute of the match to claim his first goal since his return from the World Cup to lift Botafogo above Santos in the table. Atlético-MG ruined Vasco da Gama's return to the big time on the opening day of the season, but since the World Cup break Vasco are unbeaten and they kept their run going despite letting a lead slip late on. Éder Luís put Vasco ahead eight minutes before the break but Atlético-MG claimed what could be a valuable point for them in the long run when Ricardinho levelled from the spot five minutes from time. Avaí took Prudente to the cleaners in week one but there was to be no repeat at the Prudentão as it was honours even in a game that finished ten a-side. Avaí took a first half lead through a Rudnei header and when Prudente's Fabiano Gadelha was sent off with twenty minutes to go you'd have thought the points were heading back to Florianópolis. But the ten men of Prudente levelled through Rafael Martins five minutes before time before Bruno Silva of Avaí saw red two minutes later to complete the action.

Week 21 takes place this weekend and they line up like this

Corinthians x Grêmio
Flamengo x Vitória
Atlético Goianiense x Fluminense
Palmeiras x Vasco da Gama
Botafogo x São Paulo
Atlético Mineiro x Prudente
Avaí x Cruzeiro
Guarani x Atlético Paranaense
Internacional x Goiás
Ceará x Santos

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